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'Breaking Bad' donates cast clothing to US shelter
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press
2013-02-27 12:44 AM
The hit television series "Breaking Bad," a show about the methamphetamine wars in Albuquerque, is helping the city's homeless _ and giving fans a chance to own some memorabilia.

New Mexico's largest emergency shelter said the show recently donated boxes of clothing worn by cast members from past episodes that will be sold at the shelter's thrift store beginning Wednesday. Proceeds will go toward the Albuquerque-based shelter, said Joy Junction CEO Jeremy Reynalds.

Donated clothing also will give "Breaking Bad" fans an opportunity to buy pieces of show memorabilia, said Reynalds.

"Fans love the show, so it's just great that we can give some of them a lasting memory and while so doing help Joy Junction as well," he said.

The thrift store will be open seven days a week at the shelter but will not be selling clothing online. And it's not clear what the items for sale include.

"Breaking Bad" follows chemistry teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. The series is shot in Albuquerque and is shooting its final season.

Joy Junction currently is raising money for a new chapel, dormitory and women's center.

The thrift store isn't the only place fans of the show can purchase clothing from the popular show. The Candy Lady store in Albuquerque's Old Town sells replicas of the "Heisenberg" hat, the black pork pie hat worn by Bryan Cranston's character when he's conducting drug business under his alias Heisenberg. The candy store also sells "Breaking Bad" T-shirts and blue meth rock candy.

"All this `Breaking Bad' is selling like crazy," said owner Debbie Ball, who sells item online. "The show has really grabbed fans who want anything related to it."

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau recently even created a website of the show's most popular places around town to help tourists navigate, and ABQ Trolley Company sold out all its "BaD" tours last year at $60 a ticket.

Ball also offers tours of famous Albuquerque scenes from the show in a limousine with a tour guide dressed the character Walter White.

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